Lost sat-tag

Aquila flew down through the Dulnan Valley in early June and went to a roost by the river on 15th June, and the satellite tag became detached from the eagle. Somehow she picked at the stitching and removed it. The tag was recovered.  Sadly we will not be to follow the rest of her life

Returned to the Monadhliaths

Aquila was on the south slopes of Ben Wyvis on 20th May and then wandered south to Loch Ness and then back to the Monadhliaths on 22nd May and has remained there.

May 18th - June 12th

May 18th – June 12th

No change

Aquila remained in the catchment of the upper Dulnan River except between 14th and 16th April when she made a 19 km flight to the south-west to spend time in the upper Cro River on Coignafearn.

March 31st - April 21st

March 31st – April 21st

No change

Aquila remained in the upper Dulnan Valley living in an area of 23 km²

March 14 - April 5th

March 14 – April 5th

No change

Aquila continued to live in the Dulnan river valley ranging over an area of 41 km².

Feb 19th - March 13th

Feb 19th – March 13th

No change

Aquila remains wintering in the upper Dulnan River catchment – in an area of 38 square km

February 2nd - 25th

February 2nd – 25th

Upper Dulnan valley

Aquila is now settled in the Upper Dulnan valley from 16th January to 5th February, living in same range as Brodie, her parents’ chick from 2014.   Sponsored by Ben Addy.

January 16th to February 5th

January 16th to February 5th

Summary of Aquila in 2015

Aquila has stayed with her parents throughout the autumn and into the winter, with a trip to the south side of Coignafearn and back on 15th September. She ranged further west to 12 km on 13th November and returned to the home range.


This young female eaglet was ringed and satellite tagged at its nest on Strathspey Estates near Boat-of-Garten on 26th June 2015, with her sister Orla. When tagged it was well grown with a wing length of 425mm and a weight of 5.6 kg. This eaglet’s parents are a very successful pair which generally rear one or two young in their eyries built in old Scots pines. Previous tagged eaglets from this nest include Cullen (which moved to breed in East Aberdeenshire), Calluna and Mackay which are ranging as younger eagles in the CairngormsNational Park, and last year’s eaglet Brodie in the Monadhliaths. She is named Aquila after the Latin name for eagle. Many thanks to Frank Law of Strathspey Estates for assistance on the ringing date and Ian and Fraser for climbing nest tree.